Friday, April 29, 2011

The Popsicle Man

Easter Sunday after church and lunch found the whole family outside playing and enjoying each other's company.
One of the kid's favorite place to relax lately is in our hammock on the porch.
And wouldn't you know that right in the middle of all of the fun we heard the Popsicle Man's car driving up our street!

We hadn't yet revealed this "secret" to the kids because...well, you know how smart kids are! They will always recognize the sound of his car and beg for a popsicle from here on out. He usually drives by in the middle of the kids nap time, and if we want to get them a treat we can buy some popsicles, and when the kids get up from their naps they have these popsicles that appeared out of "nowhere"!

I guess sooner or later, though, all parents want their kids to have the opportunity to join the fun, and so when the Popsicle Man's car was coming up our street on Easter Sunday, we decided that today was the day!

Jeremy gave each girl a coin, and they ran up to his car and asked for one package of popsicles. His popsicles are really cheap only $1 Real(which is about $.60) for a pack of 5. Allie and Bethany each bought a pack of popsicles and the dripping fun began--it was a very hot day!

This isn't the best video in the world. It was one of those "Hurry, grab the camera and get this on video!" type things, but I thought it was cute when Bethany discovered what she had just bought. {Jeremy had told them how to ask for the popsicles in Portuguese, and they didn't understand what they were asking for.}
video
And some pictures of the sweetness...


Notice the dripping down Judah's arm...such a sticky mess. :)
Bethany didn't get in the popsicle pictures for some reason, but rest assured she enjoyed hers as well!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Calling All Culinarians

So Missionary Monday didn't happen this week. I had a nice, long post on a super, interesting topic planned (at least that's what I thought about it), but I lacked time! Mondays are a little difficult, and I'm kind of embarrassed about it too because I'm using someone else's idea. Do yo think that's tacky? I think I might try to be a little more original. {I guess I shouldn't ask you for help if I want to be "original", but I am. }

I need some help with another idea- it doesn't have to be a "day" of the week, necessarily...how about just a catchy title that I could use. I thought about "Missionary Moments", but I don't know, it's a little too close to "Missionary Monday". I know some of you have great imaginations and can do a great job thinking up interesting titles. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Please help me brainstorm.


Also, I need your help in another area. Before I came to Brazil I always had an electric stove/oven. Here in Brazil, it is gas. I can't seem to "get" it. If I bake chicken or potatoes or something like that everything turns out fine, but when I bake cakes, pies, brownies, etc. half of it usually comes out a little on the burnt side on the bottom.

No matter how many times I rotate it, move it to the top rack, put it in the back of the oven, etc., etc., etc., almost without fail half of the bottom generally turns out more "done" than I like. It's still edible, just not as good as the other half...and kind of embarrassing. Any suggestions??? Anyone else ever had this problem? I'm counting on some of you culinarians to strengthen my cooking abilities!

This is kind of a random post on things I usually don't blog about, {especially when I'm supposed to be cleaning my house and studying Portuguese} but I figured my blog has been on the desolate side for a while now and needed a little bit of endearment.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Sunday At Our House

We had a fun Easter Sunday at our house.

It all started with a special request for some Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists for breakfast from Allie.

The girls got dressed up in their new Easter outfits.

Judah had to wear a yellow shirt to match for pictures. :)
Bethany is so silly here, and I love that I had told Judah to smile for the picture...and he did!!!
Easter hats from Paw-paw and grandma in America.
posing...
more posing with the hats...
The girls at church.
Judah and his friend Joshua matched for Easter Sunday...so cute. It worked nicely for a picture.
I still had not been cleared to be around crowds of people for fear of possible secondary infections from the high doses of steroids, so I didn't get to go to church on Easter. But I did get all dressed up for a picture with the family. :)
And just in case you did a double-take when you looked at this picture (like I did :). Yes, I have gained some weight from the prednisone and that's okay!

We had a special lunch of pork loin and mashed potatoes (I tried to find a ham, but couldn't. It doesn't seem to be very a popular food item here in Brazil). For dessert, I made a chocolate cheesecake. The kids were more interested in the candy that grandma sent them with their Easter baskets from the States, that's okay...I don't have to share. :)

So thankful that I serve a living Savior and that He lives within my heart!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Missionary Monday


If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast, perhaps, with what I think of as my strong points; if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting "Who made thee to differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?" then I know nothing of Calvary love.
~Amy Carmichael~


Sunday, April 17, 2011

On an African Safari...With My Horse



Love his look...
Victorious over the giraffe!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Play Dough with a Side of Chocolate

A while back we made homemade play dough. The kids loved it! It was a huge batch. The only problem was that it was a little on the doughy side. Every time the kids would play with it we would have to scrape up the remains from the table and floor just because it was so sticky!

Then I had a bright idea one day when I was making some homemade bread and the girls wanted to knead some dough along with me to give them some play dough with flour and let them "knead" the play dough.

{sorry that all of the pictures are crooked}
They all enjoyed it so much and mommy got lots done in the kitchen in the meantime!
I guess, though, in the end clean-up time with or without the flour was about the same. The flour just kept them occupied longer, so THIS time clean-up time with the flour was well worth it, AND the play dough didn't stick to everything it touched!
And here's the picture that needs a little more explanation. This little girl has gotten into the habit of coming in the house and shedding her clothes...everyday! I can't keep her dressed. She always say, "Mommy, I'm too hot, can I take my clothes off?" What do I say to that? The poor child is hot...I know, 'cause I am too. Who can blame her? :) So, this is her "in the house" attire {smile}.
Guess who got a 'sweet' surprise today! I received an email this afternoon from my friend Jessica Duarte {also my neighbor} telling me that at our little grocery store in our little bairro {neighborhood} was selling imported chocolate...not just ANY chocolate, but REESE'S! I promptly sent Jeremy to check it out and this is what he returned with...
It's not even a big grocery store! It's just a plain Jane place that just happened to have some delicious yummies! I don't think this will be a regular occurrence around here, but for today I will {have already :)} enjoy. Jessica said maybe it's an Easter thing...maybe so...we'll just enjoy Easter! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Missionary Monday--The Schrock Family

I haven't really mentioned much about this on my blog, but when the LORD called us to Brazil there was also another family that the LORD called to work in Brazil around the same time. The LORD has definitely led us to work together as a team to reach Brazil for Christ.

The Schrock family has completed deputation, their visa paperwork, and much of their packing. Now they are only waiting to hear back from the Brazilian consulate in the States on the approval of their visas. It has been 12 weeks since they applied!

Please pray that they will be approved very soon as they had actually hoped they would be here by now and settled in. We are as ready as can be on this side. They have a pretty little rented house waiting for them. The approval of the visas could take up to six months according to the consulate, but we are all holding on to hope that it will take less. We received ours after three months of our initial application. Of course, we all know that God's timing is perfect...but we are all excited about having our friends and coworkers here!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Above the Bright Blue Sky

There's a Friend for little children,
Above the bright blue sky,
A Friend who never changes
Whose love will never die;
Our earthly friends may fail us,
And change with changing years,
This friend is always worthy
Of that dear name he bears.
-Albert Midlane

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Health Update

Another update on the condition of my ulcers/health. Thank you so much for your prayers through this time. God has been so good to us!

Dear Friends and Family,


Today we went for another doctor's appointment to clean the ulcers on Esther's legs and check on their improvement. They all are healing very well, and as of today the doctor told Esther to begin to lower her dosage of prednisone a little bit. Please pray that healing will continue just as before and not decrease because of the lower dosage of steroids. Although there have been minimal side effects from the steroids, we are thankful that Esther has been getting plenty of sleep whether it be at night or nap time and that she has been able to keep from getting any secondary infections. She is in good spirits and looks forward to getting back to full strength. The pain from the ulcers is minimal to none now which is a big change from a few weeks ago! Thank you for your words of encouragement and continued prayers for our family. The LORD has been so good to us through all of this, and we just can't thank Him enough! I Thessalonians 5:24 "Brethren, pray for us." We have without doubt felt upheld by the prayers of so many of you around the world! Thank you for giving of your time to pray!

With Grateful Hearts,
Jeremy and Esther Lockhart

Monday, April 4, 2011

Missionary Monday--Water


One of the things that we have to face where we live in Brazil is keeping up with our water supply. I've written a little bit on this before, but thought I'd just talk about it again since this past weekend we had a little bit of water problems.

To start off...let me explain a little bit about how we get our water. We have a water tank behind our house that stands on a very high pedestal. This tank fills every other morning from the city water lines. The water to our house is gravity fed from this tank.

We also have a larger water tank on the ground that has a pump connected to the large water tank on the pedestal. If we happen to run out of water in the tank on top all we have to do is plug in the pump, and we have water again.

The city gives water where we live every other morning. The city turns on the water for a few hours then, and our tanks usually fill to overflowing. We generally get by pretty easily with just the water tank on the pedestal even though every once in a while we end up needing to pump water at the end of the second night.

Well, OUR water problem began a couple of months ago when Jeremy had some boys come and help with some yard work around the house and cleaning of our front porch. Our bottom water tank ended up getting some filthy buckets dipped into it and was unusable for "pumping" purposes. We haven't really missed it at all. I've just made sure that I was careful about how much water I use/waste, and we only have had a problem one other time.

We have been 'meaning' to clean it out, but if you've been following our life lately, circumstances just haven't been 'conducive' to cleaning out a water tank that we really haven't missed that much anyway...until this past weekend.

I guess the city is having water problems. I don't know the reason, but on Sunday morning when we were supposed to get our tank nice and full of water, it didn't happen. We ran out of water that morning and went most of the day without it. Finally, around 6:30 that evening the city gave water. I'm still not very smart when it comes to things around here and the first thing I did was start the washing machine...not smart! I was thinking our tank would fill up (usually they overflow with water when filling up so it's smart to start the washing machine--or USE water while the city is GIVING water so that I can get that much more in my tank on top...does that make sense?) Well, this time that WAS NOT a good idea. Obviously, we just got enough water to have some until the next available opportunity because we ran out again pretty quickly.

Today we thought we would take advantage of the inconvenience and just get the bottom tank cleaned out. So that is what Jeremy did all evening. Sooo, now we have a very clean bottom tank waiting for tomorrow morning when we are ALL praying the city is back on track with the water.

In the morning, Jeremy may even climb up to the top tank and clean that one out as well. After that we can just pump our clean water from our clean bottom tank to the clean top tank and be back in business once again!

Please don't think I'm complaining, because I'm not. On the contrary it only makes me that much MORE thankful for the things that God has given. This is NOT the 'norm' for us. We usually have no struggles with this at all! Just as in my Candle Light Family Night post, I know that other missionaries on other fields have much harder struggles than we do. I just wanted to let you know some of the things that we occasionally face and have 'watch out' for here. And actually what fun would the mission field be if everything were always comfy-cozy. :)

This also makes me thankful for the LIVING water that John speaks of to the Samaritan woman. We may run out of water in our home occasionally making things a little uncomfortable, but our discomfort should serve as a reminder that there are souls all around us that need the LIVING water of God's Word.

John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up unto everlasting life."

FYI--we DO have some water that we have reserved for toilet flushing from our dirty water in our bottom tank. Just in case your wondering about the state of the bathroom through all of this. :)

...and just because this post needs more pictures...

Here are my pretty girls...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Judah

This little boy melts my heart... Look at how big he's getting!
His first lesson in sit ups...taught to him by the best.